Water Management Issues (2013 Series)

Water Management Issues (2013 Series)


Water is an important issue in Texas today, and it will continue to be for the foreseeable future.  We all have a stake in ensuring that our supply of water meets the need for our future and our children’s future. 

The population of Texas is forecasted to double by the year 2060, but the supply of water will not.  Forecasts include models of the impact of climate change on our water supply, but they are just that – models. 

Supply is not the only issue:  water quality, transportation from areas with supply to areas of demand, more effective conservation measures, watershed management and freshwater inflow to our bay systems – among other things -- are all part of the water management issues Texas is facing.

Following is a series of articles on these water management issues and potential solutions.  New articles are added as they are published.  Publication has been syndicated in a number of news media, for which the authors are grateful.  The attached articles are as they appeared in the Galveston Daily News.

The authors of this series (Chris O’Shea Roper and Tom Linton) recently completed a series of articles on the Severance case and open beach access on the Texas Coast.  A white paper based on the articles was provided to members of the legislature during the 2013 session to aid in understanding the complex issues involved in the case. 

Chris Roper is a freelance writer/editor, Master Naturalist and water quality monitor.  Tom Linton is a retired professor and lecturer at TAMUG in Marine Sciences.  Their articles and white paper on open beach access can be found under the header “A New Management Paradigm for Texas Beaches” on this website.

A previous series of articles on water by Tom Linton can also be found on this website under “The Water Future of Texas.”

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